Tag: Watermark

Is doubt normative in the life of the believer? Is it necessary? These are two questions asked in a recent Sunday sermon at Watermark, and the answers were distinctly “Yes”. Perhaps the goal was to encourage believers not to let doubt shake their faith, as was somewhat stated in the speaker’s points, but it seemed to also license doubt itself, especially with a citation from Dr. Chuck Swindoll’s, which claimed it to be necessary.

Necessary? Really? I disagree. While we see plenty of descriptive stories in the Bible about people who doubted–even those esteemed as being “after God’s own heart–God and the text do not endorse doubt as “necessary”, but rather exalt faith. Now, can God use our doubt for His glory? Absolutely! But wouldn’t He rather we exercise faith in the gaps where our knowledge and sight fail us?

Personal Theological

I’m a young adult at Watermark Community Church here in Dallas, TX, and while I’m writing to the body at Watermark, I’m also addressing the greater body of Christ at each local church to which they belong. Recently, I was engaged in a conversation about growth at Watermark and the need to make physical room for more people and the “next 100”, as we like to call them, who will walk through the doors and be directed toward Christ.

The discussion was discouraging, to say the least, and essentially presented two negative angles. First, since the resources to build physical room for people haven’t been given, why is that? Implied: Should that be taken as a sign not to proceed? Second, even if we finish out the buildings and enable our body to nearly double in the current location, what happens when we fill up again? Doesn’t it seem futile since we’re just going to have this problem again in the future?

Those questions present biblical and logical fallacies, which I can hopefully quickly address before hitting the real point. First, if we look at Scripture and particularly the Old Testament where God ordained a number of buildings, we see times where the structure stood incomplete due to lack of will and/or funds (2 Kings 12:4ff; Haggai 1:2ff). When this happened, the answer wasn’t to give up or resign, but rather to redouble the people’s action and call them to wholehearted commitment. Second, if we follow the logic of eventually maximizing our current location, we would never have started in the first place. Yes, the project is big. Yes, the structure is large. But so is the city we are striving to reach with the live-saving truth of Christ! We will spread out; we will end up in other locations; but let us not abandon potential where we have it…

Personal Theological

After the service at Watermark on Sunday (12/20/2009), I gained a new perspective on and appreciation of Christmas. If you are like me and grew up in the church or…

Personal Ponderings

On Sunday (11/22) at Watermark, we were exhorted to go beyond merely attending church. “Attendees” are what cause outsiders to compliment our buildings as if brick and mortar were the church. Instead, from the words of Scripture, we were called to BE the church, so that people inside and out identify the church with those who were chosen “before the foundation of the world” to be “living stones” who “offer up spiritual sacrifices” and “proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light” (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:5,9c).

To that end and especially with the many opportunities that surround us this Thanksgiving week, I want to impart additional truths from the Word of God to spur each of us on for His glory and the salvation of “a people for God’s own possession” (1 Peter 2:9b).

Personal Theological

In this postmodern world that we live, it is often hard to find solid ground on which to stand. The media, the workplace, and sadly, some churches tell us that truth is relative, experience is what really matters, and we can’t really know what the Bible means. It also raises respecting each others’ viewpoints over seeking out the truth (because what’s true for me may not be true for you). Consider this, though: if two people have different beliefs on how to get from point A to point B, but one leads off a cliff (death) while the other leads home (life), it matters who is right.

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Fellow travelers in the shadowlands,

I pray that each of you had a good weekend, or that if it wasn’t so good, you can see God’s hand at work through the trials, orchestrating even through pain for your good and His glory. The encouragement that follows draws some of its motivation from Sunday’s (9/20/09) message at Watermark on Truth and its essential nature for our faith in Christ.

Personal Theological